Virtual Indigenous Film Festival 2022
26 - 30 MAY 2022
The Virtual Indigenous Film Festival (VIFF) is an annual event that takes place during National Reconciliation Week. Our mission is to showcase First Nations stories and voices, and invite inclusive and open discussion throughout this important week.
This is our fourth annual VIFF and it will feature five award-winning Australian films; Firebite, My Name is Gulpilil, Off Country, Wash My Soul in the River's Flow and short films from the most exciting new First Nations talent. Each Virtual Screening will be followed by an interactive Livestream Q&A with special guest speakers, including the filmmakers and influential leaders.
VIFF 2022 TRAILER
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
REGISTER FOR VIFF SCREENING
Select a single Virtual Screening or purchase an All Access Pass, and register your details to reserve your spot. Bulk tickets available for schools, workplaces and organisations.
WATCHING VIRTUAL SCREENINGS
Access the Virtual Screening 5 mins before the event start time by logging into your FanForce TV account. The Screenings are livestreamed, so be sure to arrive on time!
PARTICIPATE IN THE Q&A
Stay tuned after the film to watch the Live Q&A with our special guest speakers. Use the Live Chat to share your insights and ask them anything.
Five Indigenous stories,
five inspiring discussions
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Join us in celebrating Reconciliation Week with this year's Virtual Indigenous Film Festival. This year's theme is #BeBraveMakeChange
Each screening will feature a Live Q&A with special guest speakers.
VIFF MODERATOR: SHELLEY WARE
Shelley Ware is a proud Yankunyjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide, South Australia, who currently lives in Melbourne and well known as part of the ground breaking SBS football program Marngrook. Most recently becoming a member of the Outersanctum Podcast and Broad Radio.
For the past decade or so, Shelley has worked in the media as a radio and television presenter on both local and national AFL football news shows. During that time, particularly as a member of NITV’s Marngrook Footy Show team, Shelley has become one of the most respected and recognised female presenters of AFL football in the country. Shelley’s role on The Marngrook Footy Show has her, discussing and analysis AFL games. She hosts the webshow Colour Of Your Jumper, where she leads discussions about topics of the week throughout the AFL. She also writes a fortnightly AFL column for the Koori Mail.
Join our special guest speakers in our Live Q&A after the film screening
Molly Reynolds is an Australian producer, screenwriter and director, best known for the 2021 documentary My Name is Gulpilil about acclaimed actor and dancer David Gulpilil. She wrote and directed Another Country in 2015, and co-wrote and co-directed the single-person ShoPaapaa in 2020.
Rachael McPhail is a proud Gomeroi social worker, who lives on Wiradjuri Country in Coolamon, NSW. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work through Charles Sturt University, and currently works as Project Manager – Reconciliation Action Plan for a not-for-profit disability organisation. Rachael was successful in her campaign to ask Australia Post to include traditional place names in addresses.
James is a proud Waka Waka man from the south eastern part of a state known as Queensland. He started playing music semi-professionally when he was 14, and continues to play guitar, bass, drums and keyboards, with several original songs on streaming services worldwide.
Philippa Bateman is a writer/director and producer who works across documentary, feature film, television drama and screen-based media arts. Her critically acclaimed feature film Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow is her directorial debut.
With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Degree from Flinders University, Shona has devoted her knowledge, experience, professional and personal life to the advancement and rights of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities for over two decades.
Cody Greenwood is the founder of Rush Films, and has spent the last decade working alongside some of Australia's most prominent storytellers to create authentic and thought-provoking content. Her films have garnered international acclaim and have screened at top tier festivals across the globe.
Tanith Glynn-Maloney is a filmmaker splitting her time between Sydney and Alice Springs. She hails from a creative family and has always had a love of Indigenous film. Finding Jedda is Tanith’s directorial debut.
Proud Bardi and Bunial woman - Queensland based, Chantelle Murray began her career as a performer in Queensland, but found her true passion off-screen as a writer & director - developing her own content with a focus on Aboriginal History. Chantelle’s passion for storytelling & unique artistic perspective has earnt her credits on a range of projects.
John Harvey is a Torres Strait Islander producer, director and writer in screen and stage. He is the Creative Director of Brown Cabs.
Zoe Walters is a 19 year old Anmatyerre woman from the central desert. She grew up in Alice Springs but spent her teenage years in Geelong, attending Geelong Grammar School. Zoe is currently studying the Bachelor Of Fine Arts (Acting) at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
Aneika Kapeen is CEO and Community Engagement Worker for Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation. A Aboriginal owned and run not-for-profit organisation that aims to support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in the Northern NSW Clarence Valley region.
Testimonials from VIFF 2021
"This is an important contribution to the Week and to the national conversation. It should continue."
"Thank you for the opportunity to learn more truth about Australia’s history and to help us all take action for reconciliation"
"I am not an indigenous person (not in this lifetime anyway) but I have a deep awareness that this was my land millenia ago. Coming back to it has been a wonderful gift from life. I appreciate the work that has gone into organising this event and I appreciate it very much."
"The choice of films was great and we really appreciated the opportunity to participate at a very reasonable cost."
"Quality of the films was exceptional, very grateful to the organisers for making this amazing content available"
"... so glad this festival exists"
"The movies were excellent (although I can’t speak for the scary ones, I didn’t watch them!)."
"REALLY impressed with the quality of filmmaking and storytelling. I have no indigenous blood, but I want to hear these stories which are told in such a clear, mature, resonant voice. Filled with tragedy at times, but even more filled with love, insight, and honesty. These stories belong to all Australia and all Australians."
Frequently Asked Questions
What is VIFF 2022?
VIFF is the Virtual Indigenous Film Festival!
The Virtual Indigenous Film Festival takes place annually on FanForce TV to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during Reconciliation Week.
FanForce TV presents a collection of Indigenous stories that will screen throughout Reconciliation Week. Each screening will be followed by a live Q&A with special guest speakers including filmmakers, community leaders and change makers to invite inclusive and open discussion.
When is VIFF?
VIFF 2022 will be streaming on FanForce TV during Reconciliation Week, 26-30 May.
What films are being shown?
We are showcasing 5 extraordinary films.
My Name is Gulpilil
26th May 7pm AEST / 5pm AWST
26th May 10pm AEST / 8pm AWST
Firebite (Episodes 1 & 2)
27th May 7pm AEST / 5pm AWST
27th May 10pm AEST / 8pm AWST
Wash My Soul in the River's Flow
28th May 7pm AEST / 5pm AWST
28th May 10pm AEST / 8pm AWST
First Nations Shorts: Finding Jedda & Tooly
29th May 7pm AEST / 5pm AWST
29th May 10pm AEST / 8pm AWST
30th May 7pm AEST / 5pm AWST
30th May 10pm AEST / 8pm AWST
How can I watch?
Register for any Virtual Screening event or grab an All Access Pass, then come back at the event start time to watch the film and Live Q&A. Simply login to your FanForce TV account and visit the Virtual Screening page to get access to the film and Live Q&A.
Each film will feature an Encore Screening, which will not feature a Live Q&A.
When can I watch the films?
Each film and post-screening Q&A will be live streamed at the given date and time listed on the Virtual Screening page. As these events are live streamed, you will not be able to access any playback options (rewind, fast forward etc.) if you miss any part of the event. So be sure to arrive on time!
Can I watch the films later?
All films will be replayed as Encore Screenings a couple hours after the initial Virtual Screenings. These Encore Screenings will be the film only without the Q&A.
The Encore Screenings are available as part of your Virtual Screening purchase. You can also purchase the ALL ACCESS PASS to receive access to all 5 VIFF Virtual Screenings & Q&A, and Encore Screenings.
How much does it cost?
Individual Virtual Screening + Encore Screening: $7.99USD
All Access Pass: $19.99USD
Can I buy tickets for someone else?
Who are the Q&A guest speakers?
We will be joined by an array of guest speakers from within the Indigenous Australian community, including filmmakers and experts.
Guests will be announced over the next few weeks in the lead up to the festival. Please check the individual film event pages for more information.
FANFORCE TV acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this page may contain images or names of people who have passed away.